Premier League relegation battle: Final draw, matches remaining
The 2021-22 Premier League season has reached the commercial end of the campaign and the ‘break-in’ is going to be wild across the league.
Focusing on the Premier League’s relegation battle, seven teams drop out to stay in the Premier League. We know three is going to fall, but it’s getting so tight and tense at the bottom of the board.
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Norwich City Burnley and Watford appear to be fighting an uphill battle, but they have shown they can create surprises.
Everton and Leeds United are still struggling at the start of the final months of the season as neither team expected to be relegated this season. While Brentford and Newcastle seem to have found form at the right time, as the latter looked doomed just a few months ago but had an incredible run to climb up the table.
Below we focus on the standings, fixtures and analysis of teams’ survival hopes in relegation from the Premier League, and we’ll be updating this article weekly as the season draws to a close.
Premier League Relegation Battle – As Is
14th: Brentford – 33 points (31 games) GD -11
15th: Newcastle United – 31 points (30 games played) GD -21
16th: Leeds United – 30 points (31 games) GD -33
17th: Everton – 25 points (28 games) GD -19
18th: Watford – 22 points (30 games) GD -28
19th: Burnley – 21 points (28 games) GD -18
20th: Norwich City – 18 points (30 games) GD -45
City of Norwich
Dean Smith has done a good job of giving Norwich a fighting chance at the start of the last few months. But now they have to go. Their upcoming games against Burnley and Newcastle are key as they need to win both to give themselves a chance. Norwich showed they could produce upsets and needed to be solid defensively. If they are, Pukki can score the goals to give them a chance. But look at their remaining schedule. Ouch.
Games remaining: Burnley (H), Man United (A), Newcastle (H), Aston Villa (A), West Ham (H), Wolves (A), Tottenham (H). Date TBD: Leicester City (A)
Assess their chances of staying upright: 0 percent
Roy Hodgson is doing his best to turn things around at Watford and their attacking options will always give them a chance in games. Their win at Southampton was huge for the creed. They need to keep improving defensively if they want to stay in the Premier League. They have a decent run-in, on paper, as they play against Leeds, Brentford and Burnley. If they win those three games they have a chance, but nothing less and it looks like they are lost.
Games remaining: Leeds (H), Brentford (H), Man City (A), Burnley (H), Crystal Palace (A), Leicester City (H), Chelsea (A). Date TBD: Everton (H)
Assess their chances of staying upright: 20 percent
Sean Dyche’s Clarets will be scrapped to the bitter end, but time is running out. They have yet to play Watford, Norwich and Everton so it feels like their fate is in their hands. If Wout Weghorst and Maxwel Cornet stay in good shape, they have a real chance of making a good breakaway. This home game on the final day of the season against Newcastle could be what it all boils down to.
Games remaining: Everton (H), Norwich City (A), West Ham (A), Southampton (H), Wolves (H), Watford (A), Aston Villa (H), Aston Villa (A), Tottenham (A), Newcastle (H).
Assess their chances of staying upright: 20 percent
Frank Lampard’s caramels flow to the bottom three. Fast. After a six-game losing streak in their first eight games in charge, Lampard’s side are not seeking relegation. They have quality players, but do they have players ready to fight to stay in the Premier League? It doesn’t look like it. They also have a very difficult schedule to complete the season. Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League…
Games remaining: Burnley (A), Man United (H), Liverpool (A), Chelsea (H), Leicester City (A), Leicester (H), Brentford (H), Arsenal (A). Date to be determined: Watford (H), Crystal Palace (H)
Assess their chances of staying upright: 25 percent
USA coach Jesse Marsch has a huge job to do not only to replace Marcelo Bielsa but also to keep Leeds in place. They were in a tailspin after six defeats in their last seven and they’re dropping so many goals, but they won late at home to Norwich City and Wolves in March to bolster their hopes. Marsch will consolidate things and make Leeds more pragmatic, but their survival depends on the fitness of two players: Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips. It really is that simple. They face two direct relegation rivals (Watford and Brentford) and they need to win those games and hope for some upsets by May 22 to stay out of the Premier League relegation zone. They should be fine. But it will be close.
Games remaining: Watford (A), Chelsea (H), Crystal Palace (A), Man City (H), Arsenal (A), Brighton (H), Brentford (A)
Assess their chances of staying upright: 40 percent
Eddie Howe’s side were in sensational form as a nine-game unbeaten run and six wins from seven propelled them out of the bottom three and into the Premier League. However, they have now lost three on the spin and have an abysmal run of games to end the season. Newcastle should be fine and probably need three more wins to secure safety, but they need to get those wins on the board in the coming weeks.
Games remaining: Wolves (H), Leicester City (H), Crystal Palace (H), Norwich City (A), Liverpool (H), Man City (A), Arsenal (H), Burnley (A).
Assess their chances of staying upright: 55 percent
The addition of Christian Eriksen looks like a masterstroke as the Bees have all but held their own with recent wins over Norwich City, Burnley and Chelsea while Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo are back to their best. Brentford also have a fairly favorable run-in against Watford, Everton and Leeds. Two wins from those three games will be enough to keep Premier League debutants in the top flight for another season.
Games remaining: West Ham (H), Watford (H), Tottenham (H), Man United (H), Southampton (H), Everton (H), Leeds (H)
Assess their chances of staying upright: 80 percent